An airline employee has been charged after police discovered a whopping $155 million worth of meth hidden inside an industrial machine.
Acting on a tip off from NSW police, Australian Border Force officers uncovered the massive drug haul whilst examining a shipping container from the US on July 29.
“Further investigation of a 15-tonne injection moulding machine, which is commonly used in the manufacture of plastic products, revealed seven plastic garbage bags concealed inside two internal voids,” AFP said in a statement.
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“Within these bags, officers located about 200 clip seal bags containing a white crystalline substance, with a total weight of 207kg.”
According to police, the drugs have an estimated potential street value of more than $155 million.
Following investigations into the discovery, officers arrested a 22-year-old airline customer service employee on Sunday after he boarded a flight from Melbourne to Singapore
Police will allege in court that the man travelled under a false name on a domestic flight from Sydney before attempting to leave the country from Melbourne.
He was extradited to Sydney on Monday, where he was charged with supply prohibited drug and import commercial quantity of border controlled drug.
The man was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today.
Joint investigations are continuing.